Did you know that approximately 96.7% of homes throughout North America, including those in the Calgary area, have at least one or more of the six common indoor air quality pollutants in their homes? The most frequent one, of course, is allergen particulates, caused by dander, spores, bacteria, pollen, and dust circulating through the home’s heating and cooling system and duct work. This particular air quality problem is prevalent in 91% of homes.
Indoor allergens are also a leading cause of why school aged children, from the ages of five to seventeen, miss over 14 million schools days each year. Oftentimes, parents think their children are suffering from colds and the flu because the symptoms of polluted indoor air mimic and are similar to those of these two common illnesses. While it might appear your child is suffering from the cold or flu, their discomfort could actually be the result of higher indoor air pollutants in your home.
What Are Some of the Major Indoor Air Quality Problems?
Indoor air quality problems are caused from a variety of “things” which can be found in the rooms of homes throughout Calgary. Some of the more frequent contributors towards increased air pollutants in the home include, but may not be limited to:
- Dust Mites
- Pet Dander
- Tobacco Smoke
- Carbon Monoxide
- Carbon Dioxide
- Chemicals from Organic and Nonorganic Cleaning Products
How Does the Air in Homes Become Polluted?
One of the main causes for pollutants in homes is due to keeping the home closed up during the cold winter months and hot summer days. Pollutants are potentially trapped in the air as it is recycled and circulated throughout the home. While the quality of your air filter can help remove some of the pollutants from the air, the actual amount of pollutants left in the air creates an unhealthy indoor air environment.
Depending upon the type of pollutants trapped in your home, some of the more common signs you have an IAQ problem include:
- Increased Fatigue
- Runny Nose
- Watery or Itchy Eyes
- Scratchy/Dry Nasal Passages and Throat
Further, if you or someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, increased pollutants in indoor air could occur more often. In addition, if you notice these symptoms, allergies, or asthma attacks are less frequent when away from the home, it is a good indication of an indoor air quality problem.
How Can I Find Out What Is in the Air in My Home?
Distinct Heating & Cooling offers a comprehensive AirAdvice™ Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program Analysis. The detailed testing method helps determine and identify key indoor air pollutants which could potentially be in the air you are breathing. By taking the time to find out whether there are pollutants in the air and what levels, you are taking the first step to improving your family’s health, comfort, and safety.
How Is the AirAdvice™ IAQ Analysis Done?
The indoor air quality professional technicians at Distinct Heating & Cooling brings and sets up an AirAdvice™ IAQ monitoring device in your home. The device captures and collects air samples on a continuous basis. The entire air quality testing process is conducted over a five day period. During this time, the air inside your home is measured and monitored for common pollutants, like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulates. The device even monitors the humidity and temperature levels within the home.
While the device is running, it is collecting air samples. Most people note they do not even notice the device or even remember it is there, since it is virtually silent. All of the data collected during the testing process is transmitted over a secure cellular data network to AirAdvice™ servers, where it is processed through a technologically advanced analysis process, which generates comprehensive, full-color reports.
Your home’s IAQ reports are emailed directly to Distinct Heating & Cooling. At the end of the five day testing period we arrange a meeting to sit down and provide you with your reports so you can “see” what is in your home’s air. During this appointment, our technicians will review the recommendations and suggestions on the report for addressing indoor air quality problems and work with your to develop the most appropriate solutions for your home.
To arrange your home’s indoor air quality testing, call Distinct Heating & Cooling today at (403) 477-3810. We would be happy to discuss you home heating and cooling concerns, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with effective solutions.